Trump dismisses second woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

Elias Hubbard
September 26, 2018

In an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America", host George Stephanopoulos asked if the president would want Ramirez to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee at Thursday's hearing.

'I look forward eagerly to hearing from both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh under oath this Thursday morning.

Ramirez, 53, told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away at a party during the 1983-84 school year at Yale.

Kavanaugh denied the allegation Tuesday in a phone call with committee staff members.

Trump said Ford's allegation was 36 years old "and nobody ever heard about it".

"Labeling this a partisan smear job demeans not only the senators in my caucus", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said.

"Now a new charge comes up and she says it may not be him and there are gaps". The women I knew in college and the men I knew in college said it's inconceivable I could have done such a thing. "Oh gee, lets not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that".

Senate Democrats countered that, if Republicans wanted to learn the facts about the nominee's past behavior, they would not have rejected calls for an FBI investigation of the allegations against him. "It's totally political", he said, according to Politico.

"What we are witnessing is the total collapse of the traditional confirmation process for a Supreme Court nominee", Sen.

Kavanaugh's confirmation would firm up conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance Trump's goal of moving the high court and the broader federal judiciary to the right.

He said a hearing on Kavanaugh's first accuser's claims would occur as scheduled Thursday and the full Senate would vote on his nomination shortly thereafter, though he did not set a date. A spokesman for McConnell said that his office was not aware of the allegations before Sunday evening - and that specifically, Senate Democrats did not inform Republicans about the accusation. After six days of assessing her memories and consulting her attorney, Ramirez told the news outlet that she felt confident about what Kavanaugh had done.

Comments by Murkowski on Tuesday after she met with McConnell could be an ominous sign for Kavanaugh.

'Are there reasons - other than strategic advantage and unfair surprise - that you will not tell us the name of the experienced sex crimes prosecutor?' Katz wrote, USA Today reported. "Everyone deserves better than this, not just Judge Kavanaugh". There are also questions as to how wide the reports of the potential new allegation were spread among Senate Democrats.

A second woman accused Kavanaugh of misconduct during his time at Yale University.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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